Both versions of this pattern use the same stitch, but the overall effect is quite different. The scarf (right in the above picture) is knit the short way, making the look more masculine and the design begins to take shape quickly. The wrap (above, left) requires knitting rows the long way, and you won’t begin to see the pattern emerge until you’ve completed an inch or so. Either way, don’t be tempted to use smaller needles than called for. Larger needles are necessary to keep this stitch from becoming too tight.
Linen Scarf or Wrap (Free Knitting Pattern)
Width: 9-3/4" (25cm)
Length: 76" (193cm)
Width: 11" (28cm)
Length: 62-1/4" (158cm)
Instructions are for the narrower size, with changes for the wider size noted in parentheses as necessary; if only one number is used, it applies to both sizes. Narrow scarf pictured in 3112 Moss; wide wrap pictured in 3104 Prairie
- Manos del Uruguay Silk Blend (30% silk, 70% merino wool, each approximately 13⁄4 oz [50g] and 150 yd [135m]), 6 (5) skeins in color 3122 Moss (A) or 3104 Prairie (B), light
- Size U.S. 8 (5mm) 40" (100cm) circular needle, or size needed to obtain gauge
- Blunt-tip yarn needle
- 29 stitches and 52 rows = 4" (10cm) in linen stitch
To save time, take time to check gauge.
Linen Stitch (odd number of stitches)
Row 1 (RS): K1, *slip st purlwise with yarn in front, k1; repeat from * to end.
Row 2: K1, p1, *slip st purlwise with yarn in back, p1; repeat from * to last st, k1.
Repeat Rows 1 and 2 for the pattern.
Note: The narrower scarf is worked from end to end, while the wider wrap is knit from side to side.
With A (B), cast on 71 (451) stitches.
Work even in Linen Stitch until the piece measures 76 (11)" (193 cm) from the cast-on edge, ending with a wrong-side row.
Bind off in pattern.
Weave in all ends. Block piece to the finished measurements.
Optional (Make It More Neutral):
Men are often willing to wear a scarf with more color than they might wear otherwise. Try 3303 Spumoni (top), 3105 Lava (middle) or 3119 Adobe (bottom). Continue to work the short way for a man’s scarf and the long way for a more feminine look.
Excerpted with permission from "Boyfriend Sweaters: 19 Designs for Him That You'll Want to Wear" by Bruce Weinstein and published by Potter Craft.